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 Harry Raymond Eastlack Jr.

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Harry Raymond Eastlack Jr.

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
11 Nov 1973 (aged 39)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID
100880745 View Source

Harry Raymond Eastlack was born in 1930. Like many other so-called ossified or "stone" people, he suffered from a rare disease known as FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva), which literally turns connective tissue to bone and immobilizes the patient. Babies with FOP are normal in every respect, except for a characteristic deformity of the big toe. Symptoms begin between 10 and 20 years of age; in Harry's case, he was 10 years old when his body began to ossify. FOP first makes itself known through painful fibrous nodules in the neck and shoulders, and removal of these nodules causes larger ones to form. Harry was only able to move his lips and was forced to take a liquid diet. He died of pneumonia in 1973, and before his death requested that his body be donated to science. His unique skeleton is on display at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.

Harry Raymond Eastlack was born in 1930. Like many other so-called ossified or "stone" people, he suffered from a rare disease known as FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva), which literally turns connective tissue to bone and immobilizes the patient. Babies with FOP are normal in every respect, except for a characteristic deformity of the big toe. Symptoms begin between 10 and 20 years of age; in Harry's case, he was 10 years old when his body began to ossify. FOP first makes itself known through painful fibrous nodules in the neck and shoulders, and removal of these nodules causes larger ones to form. Harry was only able to move his lips and was forced to take a liquid diet. He died of pneumonia in 1973, and before his death requested that his body be donated to science. His unique skeleton is on display at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.


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